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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

669 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 59
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011)
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Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice thick dark black with a thin layer of dark tan.

The smell is very chocolatey and sweet, with a hint of black smoke.

The flavor has a bitter dark chocolate flavor with a very light bit of dark burnt smoke. The cherry is very light in the background and almost unoticeable, a bit of sweetness comes throught with a strong bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

Not really digging this one. Nothing really wrong with it, but just hard to finish.

bashiba, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick viscous black with an unctuously deep red hue that demands a double take on the first pour. The head is thin, but rich with cherry tones that seem to tap into the palate with greater ease than Murdoch on a murder victim.

S - Overtones of sharp cherry flounce ahead of the archetypal roasted chocolatey stout profile that remains prominent yet detached. Buttery ketones also lend a background fullness that shows promise in battling the looming ascorbic cherry threat.

T - Sweet, syrupy, sugariness upfront quickly descends into the dark roasted cocoa and coffee notes confessed on the nose. On the other hand, there's a distinct, disparate cherry tangent whose tart, sour cherry backbone transcends palate borders to own the entire experience. Unfortunately the backbone is more like Godzilla's Dorsal spines that protrude with jagged aggression and fail to pay any respect to the proportional balance of the anatomy as a whole.

M - Like the appearance, the first impression of mouthfeel is thick and unctuous, although the marauding cherry tartness slices through this perception like Genghis Kahn on PCP.

O - I'm a big fan of the thought that has gone into this Brew. The flavor combinations hold massive potential, and the midnight black/shadow-rouge aesthetic speaks for itself. But as much as I want to love this brew, the distinct segregation between the foundational stout and the cherry feature prevents me from doing so. With a little integration - and some serious taming of the cherry acidity - this beer could rise from "worth a try" to "gotta buy". But until then, consider this brew like Beauty and the Beast without the romance.

SirRuss, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a midnight black with a dark chocolate cap of foam. A solid pour with a less than stellar retention and light lacing, crashing to a surface ring after a few minutes.

Chocolate notes are prominent on the aroma initially, softening to some sweet red cherry as the carbonation settles. Not much depth here, and seemingly a bit forced in nature. Enhances a touch with warming into the 50's but by then it's rather flat.

Taste of sweetened chocolate with a touch of cherry, quite vinous in nature given the subdued carbonation and with a lingering jammy zinfandel character. Feel is sweet, jammy and subdued with no notable carbonation after mid glass. Overall a rather weak effort, or perhaps execution....

HalfFull, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a very tiny reddish-tan head. Scent is...OMG...it smells just like that black cherry ice cream from Baskin Robins...I believe it's called Cherries Jubellee...or something like that. I wish I had the ice cream right next to me to do a side by side. Dark chocolate with slightly tart and sweet cherries. Taste is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. The cherry flavors are much more tart than the nose lead... Still a very tasty flavor though. Lightly tart cherries with dark chocolate are very relevant here...but I think the vanilla beans are what hold this beer together. If the vanilla was not there, this beer could be a fail IMO... but the vanilla is what seems to bring these flavors together. Alcohol shows up a little as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. It pours as if it is going to be extremely thick and full-bodied, but not so much. Drinkability is fairly high, as this is definitely a dessert beer...not something I could drink more than one of. Overall, I found this to be a very tasty beer that took a lot of crafting to make work.

DovaliHops, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very black with a mocha head. The aroma is dark chocolate, cola, cherries, burnt caramel, vanilla, oranges and a touch of acetone. The taste is a cleaner, punchier mix of sour cherries and dark chocolate. It’s medium sweet, but the cherry tang and a mild roast-hop bitterness calms it down. The finish extends that same chocolate-cherry note. Mouthfeel is thick, though a bit less so than expected. It’s an interesting beer but doesn’t quite jibe with my taste. Even with this relatively pared down beer, I think Stone needs to simplify their collaborations more. That said, it's certainly not bad for a sweet stout.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this beer. Lover of milk stouts and stone collabs. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with a light tan had that leaves strips of lacing.

S: A nice chocolate smell comes through with a tart, lightly alcohol soaked cherry smell. None of the smells are too aromatic, and all blend together tamely.

T: Somewhat tart and tangy cherries come through with the smallest tad of gin heat. The chocolate adds a nice savory bitterness and a small push of additional sweetness. There's even a small lactose sweetness to this. I really like what this beer, the concept of it and the execution-- mild but very well balanced flavors. I still think it could use some tweaking, though.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess and some prickly carbonation. A lathering feeling on the tongue and sides of mouth that lingers with a chocolatey residue. Good mouthfeel.

O: I really applaud this beer. It's not big or bold in flavor but it's got good flavor characters that play together nicely. I would love to see this tweaked a little bit to bring out more chocolate and a small hint more milky character. Glad they did this beer, absolutely worth trying and savoring.

Klym, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown nearly black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S A very strong dark cherry note, with a hint of chocolate. However the cherry takes center stage for the nose.

T A very strong dark chocolate note starts things out. Followed by a hint of coffee It finishes with a almost sour cherry note that lingers on your tongue. Almost like pure cherry juice was poured in here. Quite an interesting taste not sure what to think.

M meduim bodied, decently carbonated. Nothing special

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Its a pretty good take on a sweet stout that lives up to its name. I would drink it again however I wouldn't seek it out.

beerandcycling88, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Nice one finger head. Dark mocha with a red tint. Great retention, decent lacing.

S: Very different. Very dark cherries. Almost a dark cherry pie scent. Undertones of dark chocolate. Light vanilla, which, I think is what makes this such a complex nose. Light coffee. Very awesome smell.

T: Big dark cherries. Dark chocolate.

Little light for the style. Very creamy.

Great complex beer.

doughanson78, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightproof beer with a perfectly sized brown colored head.

Nice cherry aroma, sweet with a nice chocolate to complement it. Cherry brandy scent, other than that this is all cherry and chocolate.

Starts out semisweet with a little cherry and a lot of patent malt. Sweetness doesn't got that far very quickly a sour cherry flavor comes out and lots more vanilla. Becomes semisweet and sour with a slight strange taste I can't ID something like burned berries.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer.

Zorro, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only slight traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate malt and lactose in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate and lactose with notes of roasted malts and cherries. The cherries are more prominent compared to the smell and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the beer’s strength, it’s astonishing that virtually no alcohol is detectable in both the smell and taste. It goes down quite easy for this reason and also because it’s not heavy on the palate.

metter98, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very pretty with a nice head. Smells like black forest cake, very rich. The vanilla comes out even stronger as it warms. Sadly I don't really like black forest cake. The cherry falls flat, particularly compared to Bell's Cherry Stout... but the two make a nice cuvee?

lisomiso, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is deep, dark, and black. There is a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Smells a little bit like cherries, but there is also pretty heavy char and roast to it. Slightly tart with a hint of metal to it. The vanilla doesn't really come through, unfortunately. A touch of booze.

T: Cherries, roast, and a bit of booze. Again, not much in the way of vanilla. Pretty sweet, however, with lots of chocolate flavor to it. Little bit of molasses and toffee sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Really disappointing. This beer sounded excellent in concept, but it didn't live up to expectations.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's misses with their special releases continues.

Pours a thin looking black with a small off-white foam head.

Smells like ... sour (???) cherries, a bit of chocolate, and ... some acrid malt. And ... that's about it.

Taste is strangely, surprisingly, acridly sour with even a tad bit of bitterness. Huh? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The chocolate is quite subdued, almost brings to mind a cracker covered in dried cocoa. I can't get over the weird sour cherry tang that lies over everything.

Too thin.

Overlord, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

A-Pours an opaque black with a beautiful 1 finger caramel head that dissipates to just a ring with spotty lacing if any...

S-Chocolate and very faint cherries...very sweet malts and maybe some bourbon, smells of artificial cherries overall...

T-Bitter chocolate and faint cherries...very dry and bitter, very sweet malts and some plum maybe...taste better than it smells...

M-Medium body with medium carbonation, the cherry flavors are more present here... very dry and bitter mouth...

O-Always like to pick up a new stone collaboration...this was a decent one i would say but had to much of an artificial thing going on and lacking the whole cherry parts...not horrible but definitely nothing special...

DrinkThemAll, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Bajasith
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark with a small tan head lingering at the edges.
Smells like a fresh opened box of chocolate covered cherries. Earthy hops give it the beer aroma.
Sweet at the beginning as the chocolate and earthy hops give it the bitterness it deserves.
Creamy feel, sweet as the alcohol warms giving way to the chocolate bitterness.
A very well rounded brew but a little to sweet to my liking. Could enjoy over and over after a huge steak dinner.

Bajasith, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $3.99 Dark black like a stout should be, decent head. Smells like chocolate liquer to me with only the mildest hint of a dark cherry, meh. The flavor was a little better, malts, dark chocolate but I couldn't taste the cherries at all. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

ArrogantB, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark chocolate brown/black with only about a quarter inch of head. No lace, head is gone pretty quick.

Smells like chocolate and cherries to me.

The taste is cherries, bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops. The taste gets a little medicinal near the finish. I personally think they should have just gone with the tart cherries for a more sweet and sour vibe. The mouth is just fine.

I didn't know what to expect, but I expected a bit more after all the hype surrounding the contest winning beer that started this collaboration. Glad I tried it, won't grab another.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Taubin
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass

Poured very dark, with a inch or so of dark brown head which dissipated slowly with almost no lacing. Smells of tart cherry and unsweetened cocoa, with a touch of vanilla. Taste is bitter cherry, followed by a smooth dark chocolate finish which lingers bringing out the bitter cherry after. There was very little carbonation, and the beer itself has a creamy feel. As the beer warmed, the cherry taste came out more, and tamed the chocolate back end.

Overall, I think this was a good beer, with good sour notes and chocolate notes with touch of vanilla.

Taubin, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz shared with SundaySour, poured into tulip tasters.

6oz pour per glass, ready for some milk stout.

A: Black with some dark stained sawdust foam with small and medium sized bubbles. Not much in terms of a head formation (did try and coax a head from a further away pour at the end). The bubbles sat like brownie frosting for a minute before disappearing flat. a very modest ring of foam sits around the rim. I'm surprised by how much the bubbles disappeared in this, they are literally nowhere now after a decent showing. Expected Ink black body.

S: Alcohol with some dark cherry woodiness. There's a burned fudge sort of smell that's actually pretty pleasant, it's created at the intersection of all the ingredients. Some interesting notes in the emulsion: Old bananas, ultra fine chocolate powder, and some vanilla with butter. I don't get as much evidence as milk as I would expect though, perhaps it exists through the old banana note.

T: A slightly milky carob chip brownie that gives into dark cherry bakers jams and dark flaky woods. A really woody character dominates the flavor of this beer, which is unexpected considering the style. The woodiness mixes with the dark chocolate and cherries for a slightly leathery taste. There's a hard to pinpoint saltiness that is vaguely reminiscent of summer sausage. A funky sort of spiced pepperoni character that at times trumps the chocolate and cherries.

M: Medium-full which you'd expect with the inclusion of milk, but it really doesn't have a thick milkiness or creaminess like you'd hope for. However, the feel is pretty solid and quite silky. This combines well with an absent alcohol to create a rather drinkable stout. However, for the sake of the flavor I'd like to believe a fuller mouth would help bring out the milk stout characteristics. It doesn't really coat, and it's actually very drying. Not would you'd expect.

O: I'd happily drink this anytime and I wouldn't complain, but I would do a double take if you told me this was a milk stout. Woody cherries and powdery dark coco mix make for a wonderfully refined dessert combination, but the lacto-element is greatly missing. It is at best minutely present in the taste, and almost completely absent in the mouth. A good tasting brew that drinks quit easily, but not identifiably a milk stout. A good concept that seems a bit rushed, and I'd like to see a re-visitation with more careful attention to the milk aspect.

Cavery, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and some cherry notes if I smell hard enough. Taste is of sour cherries, vanilla beans, and bittersweet chocolate. There is an astringent sour/bitter flavor that lingers of the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not as good as I was expecting it to be based on what I read about it.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with half an inch of mocha colored head. The foam dissipates leaving a thin tan coaster.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and sweet cherries.

T- Starts out roasty and chocolaty like a stout should. Cocoa and vanilla abound, but things get interesting mid-palate when a huge cherry presence hijacks the flavor profile. Sweet cherries predominate through the end. The beer finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste of roast and cherries.

M- The beer is medium bodied with medium to low level of carbonation which gives it a nice creamy quality. ABV is virtually undetectable.

O- This is a very tasty collaborative offering from Stone. The cocoa and cherries compliment each other nicely and the vanilla beans add complexity. The flavor improves greatly as the beer warms. I enjoyed this one.

Sideswipe, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of IKR
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black color with a decent dark beige head. It looks great.

Smell: Chocolate and some faint cherries aromas make their appearance as the beer warms. The aromas aren't as upfront as some beers but they are there.

Taste: Chocolate foremost, mild cherry and faint roasted malts. There is some bitterness from the roasted malts or hops? in the finish. I also get a slight chalky taste in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a decent level of carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but I paid 3.99 for a 12 oz bottle of this and 5.99 for 22 oz of the 2011 IRS which I feel is a step above this one. Worth trying.

IKR, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When tasting, remember this is a sweet milk stout. Not a typical dry stout.

Pitch black color with no penetrable light. Nice solid 1 finger bubbly brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Pretty viscous.

Slight syrupy sweet lactose smell as the bottle opens. Faint sourness from the cherry and dark chocolate on the nose.

There is a good play between sour, bitter and sweet flavors. Pretty good balance. Fair sourness with a dark cherry touch. Nice variation of chocolate flavors ranging from cocoa powder to milk and dark chocolate. Faint bourbon notes as well.

Smooth creamy fairly viscous mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good CoLab IMO. It's makes a good playful dessert beer. I have a feeling this beer wont get much love due to misunderstanding what it is.

MrVonzipper, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a relatively thin dark brown head.

S: Cherry liquor, a little booze and some baking chocolate.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, black cherries and a bit of leather. Some fudge as well. Smooth but not thick mouthfeel. The taste gets a little more sour as the beer warms. Pretty solid.

notchucknorris, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

698th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

Served about 55 deg

App-  A very dark liquid chocolate small stout. A little red around the edges.  Huge two fingers of crackly head that was darker brown and very bubbly.

Smell-  There are little bits of aromatic scents all over this glass.  A little cherry with a bit of tart, a little chocolate, a little vanilla (small), a little bitter.

Taste-  This was much more thin and bubbly than I thought.  The hops make it a touch bitter with a smooth small cherry flavor.  Little chocolate melts in your mouth.

Mouth- A creamy little bubbly stout with a tame cherry flavor.  Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink-  I've enjoyed most of the Stone collaborations and this was no different.  A bit smaller and more bubbly than expectations.  Above average for sure.

FosterJM, Aug 02, 2011
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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